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They Didn't Teach THIS in Worm School!

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  192 ratings  ·  51 reviews
Marcus is a worm. Laurence is a bird that looks like a chicken. Laurence wants to gobble up Marcus for breakfast, but the worm surprises him with "Good morning!" Marcus tries to keep the conversation going, and it goes in a very unexpected direction: Laurence seems to think he's a flamingo (he's definitely NOT), and Marcus soon finds himself on a journey to Africa, where ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published August 4th 2016 by Walker Books (first published 2016)
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Whispering Stories
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
They Didn’t Teach This in Worm School, is a funny, completely humorous, and very silly book that I would say is aimed at 7 years plus children, those that are confident readers.

Marcus is a worm. He likes being a worm and doesn’t desire much in life. Laurence is a bird, looks like a pigeon, but he thinks he’s a flamingo. He has wild dreams and one very special to him. He wants to go an live in Africa, Lake Nakuru in Kenya to be precise, to be with his family, the flamingos.

After nearly eating
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
They Didn't Teach THIS in Worm School! is a delightful adventure story for young readers just beginning to enjoy chapter books.

Marcus, a happy, home-loving worm makes an unexpected friend when Laurence, a chicken-like bird almost eats him. Being a quick-thinker (a talent that will help Marcus out as the story progresses), Marcus prevents Laurence from eating him through inviting Laurence to get to know him, a process through which Laurence confesses that he has a dazzling flamingo just dying to
Nostalgia Reader
This was a fun adventure story with a strong theme focusing friendship and not judging others by who they are or what they believe. The story telling style is not one that I’m terribly crazy about–even when I was in grade school, I didn’t like it too much–but the story itself was a good balance of adventure, hijinks, and lessons about friendship.

Although the ARC copy didn’t have all the illustrations, the ones that there I did get to see were fun and added some visual humor to the story. There
Rebekah Crain
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This middle grade chapter book is short, but it’s also very sweet. They Didn’t Teach THIS in Worm School follows a worm named Marcus as he meets a bird named Laurence. The two quickly, albeit surprisingly, become friends of sorts and set out on a high flying whirlwind adventure. The pair learns several valuable life lessons, such as giving people the benefit of the doubt and being comfortable in your own skin. I think Lia did a fine job when she wrote this book. It’s very cute and sure to be a ...more
Avital Nathan
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a brilliantly funny and heartwarming graphic novel about an unlikely friendship.

I often find stories that try to be funny for children contrived or stilted, but the pace and use of emphasis within the dialogue, as well as Lia’s simple and charming illustrations make this an enjoyable read for adults, and I’m sure for older/sceptical children too.

I felt that the message of supportive and accepting friendship was made refreshingly transparent through Marcus’s narration. This would be a
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this little book - think I've found my next book club read-aloud! It's a great deal of fun, lots of cartoons that add to rather than distract from the text. Great for confident Y2s and Y3-4s.
Stephanie Lucianovic
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So funny, quirky, inventive and an out-of-the-box that I totally loved.
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
God bless Marcus.
Katy Noyes
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
This caught my eye in the library, looking for books to read to my six year old at bedtime. We are at the stage of comfortably reading a chapter or two a night of a longer story, and able to concentrate enough to remember the plot from night to night.

Simone Lia writes and illustrates - it's an eye-catching cover and title, and my son liked the sound of the story.

Marcus is a worm who is a bit of a 'home bird' (pun intended), who likes brown, mud, digging and other worms. So it's both a shock and
Laura N
I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
One day, Marcus the worm finds himself face to face with a bird, about to become breakfast. Desperate to get away with his life, he asks the bird about his hobbies. This results in the unlikely pair-Marcus the worm and Laurence a chicken looking bird who thinks he is a flamingo-setting off on an adventure. Destination: Africa. They have quite the journey, and in the end they learn the importance of friendship
Whatmykidsandiread Juli
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
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“They Didn’t Teach This in Worm School,” by graphic novelist Simone Lia, is the story of the unlikely friendship of Marcus, the worm, and Laurence, the chicken (well, he’s been mistaken for a chicken his entire life but is convinced he’s really a flamingo).
Actually, it doesn’t start out as a friendship. It starts out as Marcus not wanting to get eaten by Laurence. Which means Marcus will agree to anything, even if it means helping Laurence find his way to Kenya, to where
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
It is always a pleasant surprise to find a novel that is perfect for those readers that are just venturing out into the chapter book scene. Although this book might be just a tad too long for some students to tackle until they build up a little more stamina, the content is perfect for engaging them throughout. It is funny, witty, but also enough on the nose that nothing will go over their heads. Add that to the fact that there is an ample amount of pictures incorporated into the pages that ...more
Hannah-Grace Freeman
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This chapter book tells the story of a worm, named Marcus. He meets a chicken named Laurence. Originally Laurence wants to eat Marcus, but this little worm surprises him and they become the best of friends! Together, this unlikely duo make it through some of the toughest, and weirdest situations, all while making friends along the way!

This book was so funny, and was such an interesting story! One of my favorite parts is when they think that they have flown to Paris over night! They wake up and
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
When Marcus, a homebody worm, encounters Laurence, a flying chicken (with a flamingo complex) who intends to eat him, he never expects that they will become fast friends and head to Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya with him navigating from his perch atop Laurence’s soft feathers. Comic-style illustrations in gray, black, and red heighten the humor as the pair travel to places that aren’t what they think they are (mistaking an electrical tower for the Eiffel Tower, they think they’re in Paris), ...more
McKenzie Richardson
I received an ARC of this book through Library Thing in exchange for an honest review.
This is a fun and wacky book.
It is a tale of the beginning of a friendship between two unlikely protagonists: a bird and a worm. The two have a chance meeting, which leads to an unexpected journey and lots of crazy adventures.
I loved it. This is such a fun read. It is very unpredictable and hilarious. While reading it, you have no idea what is going to happen next, which is a very welcome change from a lot of
I like the idea of this book, that a worm and a bird can be friends.

And their adventures are silly enough, mistaking a zoo for Kenya, or thinking that transmission towers are the Eiffel Tower.

But this review copy doesn't have all the pictures, so I have missed many of the jokes, I fear, such as when they are dancing to fool the evil mole.

So, I think kids would enjoy this, the way they enjoy Captain Underpants, and other early readers, but hard to say wihtout being able to see the pictures, as
Jun 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Thank you to the @kidlitexchange network for a review copy. All opinions are my own. Marcus is a worm and knows he’s a worm. Laurence is a chicken that knows he’s a flamingo. To stall for time and hopefully avoid being Lawrence’s breakfast, Marcus meets Lawrence with a hearty “ Good morning” and their friendship begins. Lawrence insists Marcus’ good navigational skills can take them to Africa where his flamingo family lives. Together they have an adventure and everyone learns you don’t have to ...more
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Quite the charmer! The worm Marcus is our very funny protagonist who befriends a bird who is trying to eat him named Laurence. The two end up befriending each other reluctantly after some misunderstandings and misadventures. There is some wonderful humor in this, including the fact Laurence believes very deeply he is a flamingo and the worm culture and rituals of Marcus. There are a lot of jokes about worm bodies and being a worm that I just smiled at. A great early chapter book, a real crack up
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
It took a while for this one to get moving, starting out as a silly book about a worm and a chicken trying to fly to Africa together. The worm agrees to be navigator to avoid being the chicken's breakfast, and the chicken agrees to not eat the worm since he thinks the worm can read maps. In the end, though, there's a really good message about not judging others based on our own expectations of them, standing up for our friends, and getting to know people better.
Amanda Harrison
Very Monty-Python-esque humor in this book about a worm and a bird. Unlikely friends yet they have many adventures. Quickly paced.

The partial chapter book/picture book format is well done and I like how the coloring is mostly limited to black, white, and pink tones.

Slight complaint--Why do they keep referring to France and then Africa? These are not equivalent. We can refer to African countries, please.
A delightful illustrated tale of a worm named Marcus and his new friend Laurence, a bird who thinks he's a flamingo.

Chapters are short enough for 7+ but the level of humour will appeal to older readers too. Ideal for fans of Wimpy Kid, Reeve & MacIntyre's collaborations and Alex T Smith's Mr Penguin books.
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fantastic something I enjoy to read every now and then I recommend it to ya I hope u enjoy.

I would rate it a 4/5 because some things Im just not a fan. If I could change a few things I would.

This is good for a beginner at reading. Thank you for letting me share my opinion!

V-bish aka potato out! xD
Julie Hudson
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book and voted for it to be shortlisted for the Children's Book Award for Surrey but unfortunately it didn't get selected. Really funny, quirky, lovely illustrations and have recommended it whenever possible to children when they come into the library.
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
A clueless worm and a chicken who thinks he's a flamingo team up and try to fly to Kenya in Africa. General silliness and occasional danger of being eaten (he is a worm, after all), this is really about friendship and kindness.
Siva selvam
Dec 01, 2018 rated it liked it
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Meredith Kaupp
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Starts off really silly, but has a great message in the end.
Kaitlyn Chien
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very Funny, filled with twisting freindships and humourous thinking that made me laugh!
Bridget Neace
Apr 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: vrc-19-20
Nope. Thought it was dumb. Maybe kids would enjoy it more, but I would feel honor-bound to point them towards other "funny" books, if that was what they sought...
Erin Richards
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
A clever and fun book about Friendship, problem solving, and not being judgmental.
Aug 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Silly but sweet.
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Simone Lia is a graphic novelist and a comics artist, and her work has been exhibited across Europe, including at the Tate Britain. She lives and works in London.